Books for Winter | Alissa Wolenetz, Library Director

I love winter. It’s the perfect season to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate and read. These books are all set in icy, wintry, terribly cold places, and are perfect for a snowy day.

If you’re a nonfiction reader, try “Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod” by Gary Paulsen. Most people know Paulsen from “Hatchet,” but his writing for adults is equally thrilling. “Winterdance” is in turns humorous and tragic. It’s always fascinating.

For those who enjoy fiction and fantasy, I’d recommend “Spinning Silver” by Naomi Novik. When I was in Japan, I would pull up the Montana Library2Go on my phone, settle in next to my tiny heater, and read this book over and over again. It’s an absolutely marvelous fairytale about what it means to be a stranger and what it means to be home.

Mystery lovers might pick up “Raven Black” by Ann Cleeves. It’s the first book in her Shetland Island series, and it’s packed with stunning scenery and small-town intrigue. You could also try the TV adaptation, “Shetland,” which was produced by BBC Scotland and is wonderful in its own right.

If you like young adult fiction, you should try “Peak” by Roland Smith. New York skyscrapers, international affairs, Everest – this book has it all. It’s action-packed and beautifully written, and can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

And if you’re looking for something else, here are a few more books to try. . .

Nonfiction: “Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World” by Andrea Pitzer and “Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica’s Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night” by Julian Sancton.

Fiction and Mystery: “The Bear and the Nightingale” by Katherine Arden, “Five Tuesdays in Winter” by Lily King, “The Snow Child” by Eowyn Ivey, “The Winter People” by Jennifer McMahon, and “Murder on the Orient Express” by Agatha Christie.

Young Adult: “Shiver” by Maggie Stiefvater and “Shadow and Bone” by Leigh Bardugo.

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